There is apprehension in the camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over an alleged plan to cancel the votes from Southern Ijaw, for Saturday’s Governorship election in the State.
Southern Ijaw, the stronghold of the APC, has the second largest votes, after Yenagoa, which is the State capital.
The PDP could have an easy ride to victory, if the entire votes in Southern Ijaw are cancelled.
A source at the Bayelsa Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, revealed on Sunday afternoon, that Cyril Omorogbe, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Delta State, who supervised the election in Southern Ijaw, is pushing for the votes cancellation, over allegations of rigging.
Omorogbe is however, being opposed by other INEC Officials who participated in the conduct of the election in the area.
None of the Officials were willing to speak on record. The final collation of results at the INEC Headquarters, was yet to start, as at the time of this report.
Elsewhere, the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Saturday, accused the APC of rigging the election in Southern Ijaw.
“As we are speaking, in this day and age, gun-wielding Militia men, with the Aide of Security Forces, have overrun hapless Electoral Officials”, Dickson told Reporters at his polling unit, in Toru-Orua, Sagbama.
“Most of the Electoral Officials in Southern Ijaw, as we speak, are kidnapped and held hostage”, he said.
Bayelsa has 8 Local Government Areas. There were 923,182 registered voters for the election, but only 889,308 people collected their permanent voter’s cards, according to INEC. Less than that number would have likely voted in the election.
45 political parties contested the Saturday election, though the battle was a straight one between the Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC.